Most startups that hop into a Y Combinator term are trying to get their business plan and product together, up-voting product curation site, Product Hunt already has buzz around it thanks to curated early adopters of founders, tech journalists, and VCs. Now its getting ready to truly enter the startup world with today’s news that it has joined the prestigious accelerator program.
Product Hunt isn’t the first established company to join Y Combinator. Question and answer service, Quora joined YC in May as a late-stage investment experiment. The seed accelerator and incubator is known for guiding early stage start-ups. Product Hunt will be part of YC’s mid-August demo day
Founded by Ryan Hoover, Product Hunt uses the same up-voting system you find on sites like Reddit and Hacker News and applies them to, as the name implies, products. Each day a curated group of founders and and early adopters submit links to new products. The products can be apps, sites, hardware, etc. After submission, users can vote up products they like. Each day a new list is started and the previous day’s list is emailed to members.
It’s a quick way to see what’s new and trending among the tech elite and it’ll be interesting to see how inclusion in the YC summer session will refine the service.